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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (595 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Gottlieb Narrator: Daniel Gottlieb Publisher: Recorded Books: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781596595965
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“Dear Sam, my life was changed the moment you were born.” So begins this remarkable collection of thirty-two intimate and compassionate letters that Dan (“Pop”) Gottlieb wrote to Sam, his grandson. Frank and honest, they address the same challenges we all face, each in our own way, and reading them delivers an inspiring and emotional punch. Although the themes of the letters are universal, they draw from a highly personal well of experience. Dan Gottlieb has been paralyzed from the neck down since a nearly fatal automobile accident twenty-five years ago. His grandson Sam was diagnosed at fourteen months old with Pervasive Developmental Disability, a severe form of autism. Dan wrote these letters with the hope that Sam would one day be able to read them and, through them, get to know his grandfather. Yet you will find no self-pity or regret in these letters. They sing with the purity of a grand- father’s love, understanding, concern, and wisdom and cover universal life lessons: dealing with parents, coping with school, falling in love, living with disappointment, experiencing joy, and achieving personal success. Written with keen intelligence and hard-won sensitivity, these are letters that illuminate the moments a man and a boy share. Dan’s healing voice of tolerance, hope, and experience is inspiring and serves as a wonderful reminder that, regardless of our abilities and limitations, we all share in the human condition. Download and start listening now!


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra Track | 2/14/2014

    " I hope Sam is able to read this himself, one day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nianiunia Nianiunia | 1/23/2014

    " uhukk buku yang recommended banget deh.. isinya mengena banget.. Tidak ada yang sempurna di dunia ini. Jangan pernah menyerah pada kekurangan. \m/ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhonda | 1/22/2014

    " A touching read. Parts of it were good, others less so. One thing I thought was good advice was to make your life bigger when you are feeling overwhelmed by your problems. For instance, volunteer to help others and most often you will feel better and realize that your problems are not so big after all. That letter is titled, "Make the Container Bigger." By making your world larger than just yourself, your own problems no longer fill your life up --you've made the container bigger, so the problems seem smaller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 1/15/2014

    " A great inspiration book from a grandfather with paralysis (sorry, no spoilers here!) to his autistic grandson via letters. A book that will make you remember your blessings, and help build your strength through the strength of others. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle Munson | 10/23/2013

    " I found this book to be very much like Tuesday With Morrie, in the sense that it had alot fo Life's Lessons in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Po | 8/31/2013

    " Experience is a best teacher but not all things you have to experienced... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler | 6/14/2013

    " An enjoyable read. I listened to a radio interview with the author several months ago, and I had wanted to read the book ever since. He has a great outlook on life, and a unique perspective on overcoming adversity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Callie | 4/4/2013

    " I read this on an airplane and felt bad for the guy next to me, 'cause every chapter made me cry. In a good way, though! I love Daniel Gottlieb's view of the world. We all have our crosses to bear and it is all about how we bear them. It is a gentle and beautiful book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie Wyatt | 1/21/2013

    " Short compliation of letters a granfather writes to his grandson with autism. It was an easy read, but very touching. The grandfather hit on a lot of subjects that many people could learn from. Great life lessons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tova | 8/9/2012

    " Very touching and heartfelt-cheesy at times, but a beautiful message for his grandson to take with him forever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simin Wang | 2/24/2011

    " Touching and philosophical, it was a good read. "

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About the Author

Daniel Gottlieb, a practicing psychologist and family therapist, serves as the host of Voices in the Family, an award-winning mental health call-in show on WHYY, Philadelphia’s much-respected public radio station. He is the author of numerous books, including Letters to Sam, Learning from the Heart, Voices of Conflict, and Voices in the Family. He lectures locally and nationally on a variety of topics affecting the well-being of people, families, and the larger community.